BMW Sauber's stand-in made history on his Grand Prix debut. By ADAM COOPER
Not so long ago Sebastian Vettel was given his first Formula 3 test by current Spyker boss Colin Kolles. When the day's running was over, the youngster's mobile rang, and he excitedly gave a quick debrief on how he'd done, what he thought about the car, and so on. A curious Kolles listened with interest, and when the call ended, enquired as to who was on the other end of the line. "Oh," said Sebastian, "that was Michael..."
Yes, it was Michael Schumacher. Busy with a test of his own at Fiorano, the world champion had taken time out to call the teenager and see how he had got on. The connection? In karts Vettel was looked after by a guy who some years earlier had also helped to kickstart Schumacher's own career.